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The 27 best outdoor bars in NYC

Sip outside at the city's best breezy drinking destinations.

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We learned last year that, with enough bells and whistles, outdoor drinking is possible year-round. But open air imbibing’s time to shine is still spring and summer. With appearances by boat bars, rooftops, secret gardens and newcomers, these are our favorite places to sip beer, wine, cocktails and all manner of boozy consumables in NYC this season. 

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Best outdoor bars in NYC

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  • Carroll Gardens
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This pan-Latin follow-up to Clover Club is just as terrific as its predecessor across the street. Once named "Best American Bartender," Ivy Mix's spot is dotted with Indio candles, lined with cathedral pew seating and topped with a golden tin ceiling all fitting for a beverage professional worthy of the title leyenda (Spanish for legend).

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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
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  • Astoria
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Spend endless summer afternoons at this Astoria beer garden–the oldest one in Gotham–swinging back mugs of cold Spaten Oktoberfest, Blue Moon and Pilsner Urquell set to a soundtrack of live music. The kitchen dishes out comforting Czech specialties to pair with your pints.

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  • Williamsburg

Although it’s had a long run on Grand Street, Maracuja’s back garden was closed to the public for six years until this May. Now you can access it through a door marked “private” and sip $5 beer, $6 wines and $8 cocktails and frozens among the greenery during happy hour every day from 4pm-7pm. “If you know it we can make it” cocktails are $11 any time.

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  • Greenpoint
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Travel back to 1950s Palm Springs for 2021 Brooklyn cocktails—Aperol seltzer and tequila aloe vera slushies, for instance. The spacious outdoor patio includes colorful chairs, lounges and cheerful ambiance that will make this your go-to summer destination.

Gowanus Yacht Club
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  • Carroll Gardens
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Garage-sale-meets-fraternity-house décor draws an ironic, scruffy crowd to this humble hangout where the beer-garden grub delivers: wolf down burgers and dogs hot off the half-barrel grill and gulp a chilled draft of beer. On chilly nights, a glowing potbelly stove takes the edge off.

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  • Williamsburg
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Brooklyn bars with DJ-scored electricity inside and a relaxing kick-back-with-drinks space outside can be surprisingly hard to come by. Midnights has it all, and it's bursting with style, too. Fortunately all the cool is softened in its tranquil backyard with unpretentious cocktails, which are all $12 and under. 

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  • Kips Bay
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Freehand has yet another hot spot inside this Manhattan hotel with its Miami-imported Caribbean-inspired rooftop bar. The James-Beared-nominated locale has a wraparound terrace, funky, laid-back decor, cocktails like the Strawberry Fields Marg and $10 daily punch. 

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  • Ridgewood
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With its top-flight sound system, sophisticated menu and deeply chill vibes, Nowadays is a slice of Neverland for club kids. It reopened its backyard this past April, along with its Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night outdoor film series. 

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  • Nolita
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Among Nolita’s many uptight tiny bars and lounges, Sweet and Vicious is laid-back with room to roam inside and out, at least until the primetime crowds start filing in. Its cherry-topped frozen margaritas are particularly popular, and so is lingering on the large back patio, so show up early to stake out a spot. 

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  • Seafood
  • Governors Island
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New York harbor was once a hotbed of oyster production, home to nearly 220,000 acres of reefs. Governors Island pays tribute to that bivalve legacy with this outdoor oyster bar and beer garden from the brothers, sailors and restaurateurs behind the popular boat bar Grand Banks. The 32,000-square-foot venue contains a waterfront bar, a separate white-marble oyster bar and four large, communal mahogany tables for sipping craft beers or warm-weather cocktails alfresco. 

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  • Gowanus
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It’s not shocking that three hops-head buddies would transform a 5,000-square-foot warehouse into a brewery. It’s more unique, however, for that concept to evolve into a bi-level beast with a bar and event space. The multipurpose locale sprawls over concrete floors with all the whitewashed brick and reclaimed wood you’d expect from a Brooklyn bar, along with draft beers and cocktails that you wouldn’t.

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  • Red Hook
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In a city overflowing with dive-themed dive bars, Ice House is the real deal. It’s dark inside, its booths are battered and the bar’s been known to get a little sticky. It’s honestly a breath of fresh air, and so is the big, sunny yard out back. 

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  • Astoria
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This neighborhood restaurant serves drinks like dirty pickle martinis, frozen Arnold Palmers and Bonnie punch along with beer and wine in its convivial picnic table-filled patio. Brunch, dinner and late-night snacks are available, too, should the essence of pickle not quite slake your appetite. 

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Parklife
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  • Gowanus

Drinks? Trivia nights? DJs? Screenings? Tacos, tlayudas, queso, guac and churros? It’s all available at Parklife. This fun Gowanus open-air bar, located around the corner from Littlefield, is a spacious, laid back one stop shop for a full evening out.

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  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
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Pass through the gently-lit bar area in front and head to Doris’s backyard, where you’ll find a ping pong table, couples on first dates and even occasional chef pop-ups. The vibe is laid-back (with a great collection vintage LPs) and the cocktails are well-crafted.

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  • East Williamsburg

Find terrific cocktails at this approachable, neighborly bar, where the back patio feels like a getaway from the middle of industrial Bushwick. The intimate bar is now even serving small bites to pad your belly with while you imbibe.

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  • West Village

This newly opened Williamsburg spot has 1970s design vibes inside and, in addition to a particularly polished streetery setup, a few tables and chairs out on the sidewalk for a casual, just strolled by kind of drink. Sip pints and frozens as you watch the world pass by on Bedford Street. 

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  • Midtown
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Dock yourself next to a bucket of beers on this multi-level floating lighthouse bar at Chelsea Piers—complete with prime sunset seating and views of the West Side. Bring a group of friends for the NYC-est summer Sunday fundays. 

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  • Bushwick

Owned by Kareem Bunton, a musical collaborator of Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73 and TV on the Radio, it's no surprise the bar is meant to feel like a '90s club. With a 1400 square foot patio and drinks by Lucas Moran from Chinatown's Mr. Fongs, it's a perfect place to have a dancing night-out, particularly in the summer. 

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  • Mexican
  • Brooklyn Heights
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Sunny weather and margaritas are a match made in heaven, and the cucumber version at this DUMBO Mexican joint is the perfect example. Nurse your hangover in its ivy-covered backyard with tacos, spicy guacamole and black bean frijoles.

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  • Seafood
  • Tribeca
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If you're looking for an elegant seaside experience that rivals a day in the Hamptons, step aboard Grand Banks, the historic schooner turned oyster bar docked at Tribeca Piers. Two brass-tapped bars flank the bow and mizzenmast, offering prime seats to sip and watch the sunset.

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  • Rockaways
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Despite the kitschy delight of eating takeaway tacos off a knee-balanced plate at Rockaway Taco, the sit-down setup at this offshoot housed inside the Rockaway Beach Surf Club is a much-welcome upgrade. Like at that OG taco shack, the chef is fueling off-duty surfers and beach-bound locals with exemplary eats, but Tacoway boasts one major feature its forebearer was missing: alcohol.

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  • South Slope
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Park Slope brew hounds can kick back at this massive 13,000-square-foot beer garden. Sixty taps dispense more than 20 different craft brews. In warmer climes, order yours with a burger or hot dog at outdoor picnic tables. Greenwood Park presently accepts reservations for groups of up to ten, with some space available for walk-ins. 

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  • Austrian
  • Lower East Side
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Inspired by breweries in Cologne, this beer garden pours German brews like Gaffel Kölsch and Radeberger Pilsner, plus wines from its namesake region. Populate picnic tables for hearty fare like bratwurst with sauerkraut and schnitzels with fries. No lederhosen required. 

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